The last mile is often the most inefficient and costly part of getting online purchases into the hands of the consumers who ordered them. Once packages are off the plane, boat, train or truck, how do they get to the shopper’s home in the quickest and most effective way possible, especially at this holiday time of year? With e-commerce on the rise and expectations around such deliveries only increasing – from days, to hours, to minutes – retailers are exploring all sorts of new opportunities to ensure more seamless processes.

At the Wired Retail conference in London this week, three businesses outlined ways they’re disrupting what we traditionally expect retail delivery to look like. Head over to Forbes to read the full story about Uber’s new on-demand courier service, Starship Technologies’ land-based autonomous robots, and Flytrex’s thoughts on the future of drones.